Colonial Group Announces New Leadership as it Prepares to Observe a Centennial of Service

By: Carriage Trade Public Relations
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jan. 28, 2021 - PRLog -- (SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-based Colonial Group Inc. has announced a new era of leadership as it prepares to mark a major milestone in the company's history in 2021.

Christian B. Demere (Demere) has been named chief executive officer, succeeding his father, Robert H. Demere, Jr. (Demere Jr.), who had been in the position since 1986. Colonial Group has continued to operate as a privately held business since 1921 through the chairmanships of its founder, Raymond Demere; his son, Robert H. Demere Sr.; and Robert's son, Demere Jr.

Houstoun Demere currently serves as vice president of Business Development for one of the newer divisions of Colonial, the Savannah Yacht Center. Christian Demere has served as president of Colonial Group since 2018 and will retain that title as he assumes the position of chief executive officer.

Demere Jr., who served as president from 1986 to 2018, will continue as chairman of the board of directors. During his tenure, he was responsible for much of the growth that led to the development of the company's ten current divisions. Today, while Colonial Group is still headquartered in Savannah, it operates in numerous states, employs more than 2,000 people, spans diverse business sectors and continues to grow in the markets it serves.

The succession was announced as Colonial Group finalizes plans to observe its 100th anniversary over the next twelve months.

Demere credits his father as his mentor during his leadership development, but also for continually doing what is best for the company and its employees, all while positioning Colonial Group to become one of America's largest privately held companies.

"We are grateful to be part of a family business that has served the Savannah community for many generations," Demere said. "Colonial Group has led the way as an invaluable steward in the communities it serves, and we are deeply committed to continuing this leadership through charitable giving and volunteer efforts in the years to come."

A fourth generation family-owned business founded in 1921, Colonial Group Inc. ("Colonial Group") is a diversified energy and port-related company headquartered in Savannah and one of America's largest privately-held companies. In 2021, the company marks its 100th anniversary by celebrating with its dedicated team of over 2,000 employees, giving to hometown causes and observing historical milestones. Over the years, the business has diversified to be the umbrella company of Colonial Oil, Colonial Terminals, Colonial Fuel & Lubricant Services, Enmark Stations/enmarket, Colonial Compliance Systems, Colonial Energy, Colonial Chemical Solutions, Colonial Towing, Savannah Yacht Center and Aqua Smart Inc. For more information on Colonial Group Inc., please visit

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